The set up of the Organisation is depicted in the Chart. Each of the Four major Divisions is headed by a Division Chief and supported by Section Heads and Scientists, Senior Research Assistants and Laboratory Assistants. The Engineering cell, Statistical and Computer unit, Extension and Training Division, Information Resource Centre, Project Monitoring and Technical Co-operation cell (PMTC) and Administrative and Finance wing work as supporting organs. In addition to the main station, there are regional substations at Kadaganchi (Gulbarga district dry-arid), Melinakuruvalli (Shimoga district-high rainfall) and B.R. Hills (Chamarajanagar district-rainfed) to cater to the specific needs of the respective agro-climatic zones and a germplasm unit at Ooty (Tamilnadu). Silkworm breeding unit is located at Bidadi (Ramanagaram taluk of Bangalore District).


The institute is an autonomous body whose administrative control is vested with the Governing Council with the Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka as Chairman. A Finance Committee headed by Commissioner for Sericulture Development and Director of Sericulture, Government of Karnataka looks after the financial matters & budgetary provisions of the Institute. The Research Advisory Committee with the Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, as its Chairman is assisted by Research Review Committee (RRC) and Internal Research Appraisal Committee (IRAC) for organising and monitoring the research programmes of the Institute through periodical reviews. Overall responsibility of the Institute, both technical and administrative is vested with the Director who is the Member Convenor of the Governing Council, Financial Comittee and the Research Advisory Committee.

Major share of the budgetary requirement is drawn from the Govt. of Karnataka through Grant-in-aid towards salary and maintenance. RKVY and Special Grants from Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) of Govt. of India etc., A few income generating activities are also taken up for additional support. Donations are also received.


Research Programmes are drawn through periodical interaction with the Department of Sericulture, Government of Karnataka (DOSK) and other major end users. They are organised under the identified thrust areas which are periodically reprioritised based on requirement and urgency. The problems thus identified are assigned to individual scientists who take up the projects and sub-projects under the time bound programmes as Project Leaders and Project Investigators respectively, the research programmes are co-ordinated by the Project Monitoring & Technical Co-operation Cell (PMTC).


The findings thus generated at the Four Divisions from the research projects are taken up for front-line research, on-farm research, field trials and demonstration trials either through main station or through the sub-stations and related units of DOSK. The recommendations thus emanated are released as technologies for popularisation and/or are commercialised for exploitation. They are also subjected for fine-tuning through further research. Development related activities are taken up mainly in co-ordination with the Department of Sericulture, Govt. of Karnataka, while related activities taken up by the Extension and Training Division.


Further dissemination of technologies is taken up through the implementation of comprehensive extension activities covering the village and farmer adoptions. A large number of extension literature in Kannada and English covering the Institute developed technologies on various aspects of sericulture have been brought out. Scientists regularly participate in workshops, field days, seminars etc., arranged by the Department of Sericulture (DOSK) addressing different sectors of the industry


Human Research and Developmentis taken up by organising need based training programmes covering the staff of the Department of Sericulture and students at various levels of the Colleges and Universities. The scientists also serve as resource persons and examiners for the Training schools, Institutions, Colleges and Universities. The Institute also has Ph.D programme with its scientists as guides and examiners.